Pronunciation: (grīnd),[key] —v.,ground or (Rare)grind•ed; grind•ing; —n.
—v.t. 1. to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet: to grind a lens. 2. to reduce to fine particles, as by pounding or crushing; bray, triturate, or pulverize.
3. to oppress, torment, or crush: to grind the poor. 4. to rub harshly or gratingly; grate together; grit: to grind one's teeth. 5. to operate by turning a crank: to grind a hand organ. 6. to produce by crushing or abrasion: to grind flour. 7. Slang.to annoy; irritate; irk: It really grinds me when he's late.
—v.i. 1. to perform the operation of reducing to fine particles.
2. to rub harshly; grate.
3. to be or become ground.
4. to be polished or sharpened by friction.
5. Informal.to work or study laboriously (often fol. by away): He was grinding away at his algebra. 6. Slang.(in a dance) to rotate the hips in a suggestive manner. Cf. bump (def. 11).
7. grind out, a. to produce in a routine or mechanical way: to grind out magazine stories. b. to extinguish by rubbing the lighted end against a hard surface: to grind out a cigarette.
—n. 1. the act of grinding.
2. a grinding sound.
3. a grade of particle fineness into which a substance is ground: The coffee is available in various grinds for different coffee makers. 4. laborious, usually uninteresting work: Copying all the footnotes was a grind. 5. Informal.an excessively diligent student.
6. Slang.a dance movement in which the hips are rotated in a suggestive or erotic manner. Cf. bump (def. 22).